Watershed plans should consider
Port Clinton News Herald
As the Lake Erie shoreline and property nearby continues
to be developed and to attract more and more visitors,
it's important that residents of this area have a voice
in the decisions that are made shaping the watershed's
These residents have the biggest stake in what happens
to the watershed and the best idea of how changes affect
the quality of life in the area.
That makes it important that residents and their public
representatives voice their opinions on the Balanced Growth
Initiative of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
A task force formed in 2001 has been studying land use
and water quality in the watershed and the impacts that
growth will ultimately have on the lake. The panel was
asked to recommend ways that state and local communities
could better promote sustainable development. Draft plans
developed by the task force are now ready.
Drafts of "Linking Land Use and Lake Erie: A Planning
Framework for Achieving Balanced Growth in the Ohio Watershed"
and "Best Local Land Use Practices" can be viewed
on the OLEC Web site at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/oleo.html
The documents also will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m.
Jan. 28 at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center,
Huntington Reservation, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village,
from 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 3, at the OLEC Office, 1 Maritime
Plaza, Toledo; and 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 5, in the Blue and
Gold Room of the Kent State University Branch Campus,
3325 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.
During those meetings, individuals and groups can submit
comments orally or in writing. Comments can also be submitted
by e-mail at email@example.com
or by surface mail to the OLEC, 1 Maritime Plaza, Toledo,
Ohio 43604. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 18,